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Opinion

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What Seattle Public Schools Needs to Say Right Now

The letter District Leaders should send to follow earlier garbage. Dear Seattle Schools families, As Covid numbers have spiked among kids and staff in Seattle...
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Cleaning Up Our (Growth Management) Act

When it comes to planning in the State of Washington, the Growth Management Act (GMA) is where we start. It determines where we can...
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Call to Action: Save the Roosevelt RapidRide

The Seattle Department of Transportation and King County Metro recently reneged on the voter-approved promise of a Roosevelt RapidRide (J Line) by shortening the...
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Light Rail Expansion, Affordable Housing, and E-Bikes: What We Were Grateful For in 2021

It's always been fashionable to complain. Complaining is often easy and it can be cathartic too. But since the beginning of the Covid pandemic,...

2021 Articles from The Urbanist to Take Out for a Second Spin

From the viewpoint of an editor, it's clear that many articles do not end up receiving the attention they deserve the first time around....
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Durkan Leaves Behind a Mess After Four Rudderless Years

Today is Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan's final day in office and attention is turning to her legacy as she passes the baton to her...
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Dubicki: It Is Not Too Soon

Middle age, quarterbacks, and "Don’t Look Up" Here we are at the threshold of the most important celebration of the year: my birthday. As it...

URBANIST G.O.R.E. 2022!

New Year! New Horrors! Pay for the whole year, but you’ll only need the edge! In the spirit of Krampus, the Christmas demon who takes...